Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Interior Decorating project
Homeowners have many important questions about their Interior Decorating Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Interior Decorating investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?
Costs, materials and best practices for the example Interior Decorating project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.
The approximate costs and value of a typical Interior Decorating project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).
|Project description||Decorate existing room. Update molding, flooring, doors, switchplates and decorative hardware. Add built-in speakers and modern recessed lighting. Install new window treatments.|
|Project size||210 square feet|
|Material and labor cost||$5,261 - $6,137|
|Material cost||$4,005 - $4,673|
|Do-it-yourself assessment||The typical Interior Decorating project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Interior Decorating requires attention to detail and careful planning.|
|First year Return on Investment - ROI||Returns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Interior Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.|
|First year Return on Investment - ROI||Returns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Interior Decorating project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost|
|Green rating||Interior Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.|
The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Interior Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Interior Decorating project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Interior Decorating project cost and quality.
Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Interior Decorating project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.
|Task||Service Provider||Time||Difficulty||Basic Cost Range|
|Develop Home Design Ideas||Architect||5 to 20 d||$2,590 - $4,326 per project|
|Prepare Home Lighting Ideas||Lighting Designer||3 to 5 d||$974 - $1,626 per project|
|Specify Materials||Interior Designer||2 to 15 d||$216 - $361|
|Specify Finishes||Interior Designer||1 to 2 d||$649 - $1,084|
|Install Circuit Breaker||Electrician||1 d||$156 - $273|
|Install Lighting Control System||Electrician||1 d||$3,232 - $5,454|
|Remove Acoustic Ceiling||Painter||1 to 3 d||$0.76 - $1.29 per square foot|
|Repair Ceiling||Drywall Contractor||1 to 2 d||$125 - $212|
|Repair Plaster||Drywall and Plaster Contractor||1 to 2 d||$87 - $151|
|Install Baseboard||Finish Carpenter||1 to 2 d||$4.62 - $7.97 per linear foot|
|Install Interior Door||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$214 - $367 per door|
|Install French Doors||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$1,229 - $2,210|
|Install Door Hinges||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$37 - $64 per door|
|Hang Curtain Rod||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$71 - $121|
|Install Interior Window Shutter||Finish Carpenter||1 d||$340 - $613|
|Paint Wood||Painting Contractor||1 to 3 d||$1.46 - $2.47 per linear foot|
|Install Laminate Flooring||Flooring Contractor||1 d||$7.27 - $12.47 per square foot|
|Install Wall Mounted Lighting||Electrician||1 to 3 d||$406 - $717|
|Replace Electric Switch||Electrician||1 d||$64 - $110|
|Replace Switch Plates||Electrician||1 d||$17.36 - $29.19|
Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Interior Decorating project plan.
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